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The Challenge of Modern Terrorism (8724.2)

Level: Undergraduate Third Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: School of Government & Policy

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Syllabus

Terrorism challenges individuals, the national state and the global community. On a daily basis people fall victim to terrorist attacks, and our sense of well-being, security, and freedom are challenged. Terrorism is lethal, unpredictable, and causes mass casualties. Terrorists bring fear into our lives and are attacking us both physically and psychologically. Some argue that terrorism is a challenge to the existence of the modern state and it is part of a new global insurgency. This unit will attempt to define terrorism, review the history of terrorism and evaluate the philosophy, and objectives of terrorists. The threat from terrorism will be assessed as will how to counter the threat from modern terrorism. The unit will conclude with an examination of the likely trajectory and threat of terrorism in the future.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Evaluate the changing nature of terrorism in a globalised security environment;

2. Analyse different terrorist philosophies, motivational factors and objectives;

3. Compare different terrorism organisational structures and assess their weaknesses and strengths;

4. Assess the development and effectiveness of modern counter-terrorism strategies; and

5. Evaluate actual and potential responses to the challenge of terrorism in the future.

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Contact Hours

4 hours (1 hour online and 3 hours on-campus).

Prerequisites

Successful completion of 24 credit points.

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